By Dianne Yost
Farmview Market will usher in the season with its first Flavors of the Fall Festival and it’s destined to be a huge draw for locals and tourists alike this Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
This spectacular free event is all about fall and all about Georgia Grown, with everything from live entertainment, fall vegetables, chef demos and tastings as well as arts and crafts and complimentary face painting for kids put on by Madison’s own Painted Pineapple and a performance by Madison’s own Happy Soles Cloggers.
But that’s not all, this Fall festival will feature one of the biggest names in Georgia’s farm to table movement: Executive Chef Nick Anderson of the famed Ormsby’s restaurant in the West Midtown area of Atlanta.
Anderson, who will do chef demonstrations at the event, has worked in culinary positions in some of Atlanta’s best restaurants like Spice, Canoe, Tomo and Rathbun’s and according to an article this week in Full Service Restaurants, he makes it a priority to know where his restaurant’s food comes from. “I’ve developed relationships with local farms over the years and plan to use those to highlight great local products throughout the menu. That way my guests know what they’re eating.”
Georgia’s Funky Bluester, a popular blues band, will be providing live entertainment from 11:30 until 1:30, while gourmet food vendors will showcase their products and offer tastings. Participants also will be able to tour Farmview’s in-house gristmill and taste some of the state’s most delicious Georgia Grown grits!
A fall themed photo booth will be sure to delight guests throughout the event and food and beverages will be available for sampling and purchase from a variety of local vendors, such as Hoosier Girl Cakery, Harrison Family Farm, Stacy’s Kitchen and others.
Farm and tractor enthusiasts will particularly enjoy the small antique tractor show, while people of all ages will get creative decorating locally grown pumpkins for a pumpkin decorating contest.
There is even something for local competitive bakers: a pie baking contest for apple or pecan pies with locally sourced pecans or apples! Visit http://farmviewmarket.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Farmview-Market-Pie-Contest-entry-form.pdf for details.
There will even be a dunking booth during the festival to support local charities such as the Boys and Girls Club and Madison’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Farmview Market is located at 2610 Eatonton Road in Madison.